Hurricane-Force Winds In Europe Halt Flights, Rip Roofs And Topple Trees : The Two-WayThe storm, packing winds up to 126 mph, hit hardest in Germany and in the Netherlands but also affected France and Belgium.
"All long-distance trains and some regional trains were halted due to the storm raging across the country, according to Germany's railway operator Deutsche Bahn. Full train service is not expected to resume until Friday.
"Authorities shut down some airports, while in North Rhine-Westphalia, some motorways and bridges had to be closed, with water levels rising along the Rhine River — just over a week after it had burst its banks."
Some domestic flights were also canceled.
In the Netherlands, more than 260 flights were canceled amid 90 mph winds, and some airplanes had to abort landings at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. In Rotterdam, Europe's busiest cargo port, shipping containers were blown over and roofs ripped off homes, according to The Guardian.
The Dutch Railways said that overhead power lines had been damaged by high winds and that debris had fallen on some railway tracks, making lines impassable.
Hundreds of thousands of people lost power, at least temporarily, throughout the region, including more than 140,000 in the U.K., where winds reached 83 mph.